Super Mario Maker: How to Unlock Everything & Tips

Super Mario Maker is an overlooked game that did not sell nearly as well as it should have. You can make just about anything you can imagine… in the 2D space.

Seriously. If you want to make a flying, scrolling Mario stage with flame deathtraps and 17 Bowsers in flying cars in hot pursuit, you can do it.

How to unlock everything in Super Mario Maker quickly

Before you can make these levels, you need to unlock all of the content. I spent days trying to unlock all of the content until I figured out the secret to unlock everything in Super Mario Maker on the first day.

Here’s what you need to do to unlock everything in Super Mario Maker:

  1. Make sure you have the latest patch for the game
  2. Go to the creator and start creating a stage
  3. Place every NEW piece (a piece with an exclamation point next to it) at least once in a level
  4. Continue to create for another five minutes until the game tells you that a delivery of fresh content is scheduled for “tomorrow”
  5. Once you receive this message, select any item (I used the standard brown brick) and keep placing items all over the map. I was able to hold down the stylus and drag to create these bricks and the trick still worked.
  6. The game will tell you that you have unlocked the next set of items EARLY!
  7. Repeat this process until you have unlocked everything.

It’s that simple, and you are now ready to create!

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7 Super Mario Maker Tips

I had a lot of fun figuring out how things are made in Mario through trial and error and through playing user created levels.

Read below for some less obvious tips on how to create more interesting stuff in the world. A lot of these tips will have you shaking the dickens out of your controller!

1. Create a checkpoint

To create a checkpoint, select the “Arrow” tool, that you would normally use to show people where to go on a map.

If you shake this tool, it will transform into a checkpoint!

Place as many checkpoints as you would like, but note that, in order to upload a new level, you will have to beat a level all the way from the beginning, as well as from each checkpoint. This is to ensure that you don’t place any death traps.

2. “The Yoshi Effect” (Game differences)

Some items will complete change, depending on what version of the game you are using.

I call this the “Yoshi Effect,” because the Yoshi egg was not in every Super Mario game. In Super Mario Bros. 3 Skin, for example, the Yoshi egg becomes a Kuribo’s Shoe.

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Image Credit: paperbeatsscissors

Play with more of these differences and note that if you change the skin, elements of your level may change, beyond visual.

Please note that game physics are not 1:1 with the original version. From what I understand, even the older skins adhere to some of the speed and physics of New Super Mario Bros.

3. Make Mario bigger while editing

Are you testing a particularly hard level you have created and want to make Mario big, so that you are given an extra chance to clear a hard spot?

There are actually two different ways to make Mario bigger while editing a level, before testing.

The first way is to grab Mario and shake him. Continuing to shake will switch Mario from small to big to small again.

The second way is exactly as you would expect. Grab a red mushroom from the tools and feed it to Mario.

4. Make enemies bigger in Super Mario Maker

Similar to the above, you can make objects and enemies bigger by dragging a red mushroom on top of them.

My favorite large enemy so far? I like big fireballs! It’s a ton of fun and it is cool to seem them flying around or shooting out of other things.

5. Play with combinations

In general, do not be afraid to shake every item in sight and more importantly combine them. Combinations are fun and different.

Why not place a Goomba in a Kuribo’s Shoe and put that in a flying Bowser car? Perhaps you can shoot them out of cannons too!

I have seen a lot of creativity with how people create unique beasts with the tools provided. And Nintendo encourages it!

6. How to create a sub area

Nintendo does not do a good job of explaining how to create sub areas after giving you the unlock.

What is a sub area? It is a an area you would access by using a green warp pipe. This allows you to extend a level and even use a different theme for the second “stage.”

To make this happen, grab Mario and drag him on top of an existing pipe in your level. Doing this will open up the second level. From the second level, you place where you would like the pipe to spit you out.

You will need to repeat this process to get to the goal, which is always on the original stage. You can keep repeating this process to interesting results!

7. Create triggers with P-Switches

P-Switches are one of the most useful items, if not the most useful item for advanced level creation. Since P-switches turn coins into blocks and vice versa, you can use them as triggers.

In fact, they are really the only thing that would serve as an “if this then that” or boolean trigger in Super Mario Maker. You could hide a bunch of stuff above a bunch of yellow blocks and make pressing the switch drop them into play. You can make little challenges out of creating platforms by pressing the switch.

Bonus: Inspiration from AGDQ 2016

There were two very cool runs of Super Mario Maker at this year’s Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ). AGDQ is an annual streamed event, where all donations go to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Here are two videos of speed runners playing very hard levels in Super Mario Maker to get the ideas flowing:

What are your favorite tips and tricks for Super Mario Maker?

Leave some comments below and talk about how you are making levels unique and interesting!